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Trip Idea: A Centennial Hike

Hike through 100 Years of RMNP History

100 Years of History Hike

Celebrate 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park with a "Centennial Hike" .  Self-guide this 7.5-mile, moderate, point to point walk which begins on the north end of the park and crosses three lovely meadows: Horseshoe Park, Beaver Meadows and Moraine Park.

Features of the hike include the Old Cascade Dam, Cascade Cottages which are the oldest commercial lodgings dating from the 1920's.  See the effects of the Lawn Lake Flood, visit the site of the old Horseshoe Inn and learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps which built many of today's trails and buildings.  Try to imagine the old homesteads, ranches lodges and ski runs.  Even a gas station and soda fountain were located at Deer Ridge.  The hike finishes by exiting via the old entrance station near Tunnel Road.

This is a full day hike with plenty of time to stop, and remember.

Moraine Park - one of the meadows you will explore:

Moraine Park meadow

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Footpaths